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The United States Navy Memorial

Navy Memorial Honoring the Men & Women of the Sea Services



Ship Designation: 
Date Lost: 
Thursday, September 9, 1943
Lost on Patrol
The precise date and details of her loss are unknown. She had been ordered to patrol the approaches to Manila until 10 September following a guerilla re-supply mission at Panay. Guerillas confirmed completion of this mission on 23 August, but the last communication with Grayling was received 19 August. Post-war analysis of Japanese records indicates that a surfaced submarine was sighted in Lingayen Gulf on 9 September and that a freighter had been attacked in that area on that date. There is no record of counter attacks. On the same date, the Japanese passenger-cargo vessel Hokuan Maru reported sighting a submarine submerged in shallow water west of Luzon and made a pass over it. The ship noted an impact with a submerged object, which may have been Grayling. In the absence of further communication, Grayling was declared lost on 30 September.

Lost At Sea Log

Number of sailors in this log: 75

Namesort descending Service Branch
CRM Jack Smith USN
EM 1c Homer Smoak USN
EM 2c Don Spencer USN
TM 3c Robert Stevens USN
Lt(jg) Edward Sullivan USN
SC 3c Winton Wallace USN
QM 2c John Waller USN
Lt Joseph Welch USN
MOMM 1c Fred Welsh USN
MOMM 2c Arlon Wetsel USN
EM 1c Henry Whitcomb USN
TM 2c James Wilson USN
MM 3c Marvin Wolf USN
RM 2c John Young USN
Sea 1c Robert Zabs USN


Prepared by: J.P. O'Hara, CDR, USN (Ret.)